Jul 23, 2021 4:30 PM

Trailer snags guy wire, snaps Evergy pole; 70 lose power

Posted Jul 23, 2021 4:30 PM
Power lines can be seen on the tractor of this rig in Kipp Thursday afternoon. An Evergy spokesperson said 70 customers lost power for several hours because of the incident.Photo Saline County Sheriff's Office
Power lines can be seen on the tractor of this rig in Kipp Thursday afternoon. An Evergy spokesperson said 70 customers lost power for several hours because of the incident.Photo Saline County Sheriff's Office

By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Salina Post

SALINE COUNTY - A tractor-trailer rig driver got more than he bargained for when he attempted to turn his rig around in Kipp Thursday afternoon.

Joseph Koehn, 38, of Galva, had been to the Great Plains Manufacturing facility in Kipp and was attempting to turn around a tractor-trailer rig owned by Unruh Transport of Galva, when the trailer snagged a guy wire on an Evergy power pole near the elevator, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said this morning. The pole snapped and electrical wires fell on top of the cab of the tractor and across E. Schilling Road.

Koehn, who was not injured, stayed in the cab of the 2021 Peterbilt tractor until Evergy personnel were able to remove the wires, Soldan said.

A spokesperson from Evergy said the outage caused by the accident, which was reported at 2:04 p.m. Thursday, affected 70 customers. Power was restored at 7:36 p.m., she said